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Sailors in a submarine load a torpedo during World War II (1939-1945). The torpedo launches from the submarine like a bullet. German submarines used torpedoes to sink many ships during the war.

In 1800, a US inventor designed the first modern submarine. This submarine was shaped like a cigar. It also had a tower made of copper. The tower let sailors navigate while the submarine was underwater. A propeller powered the submarine below water. The submarine used a mast and sail above water.

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Making Connections


Would you like to travel in a submarine? Why or why not?


Have you read books about other military vehicles? What do those vehicles have in common with submarines?


Military submarines are often used to explore areas. Why would traveling underwater be helpful for doing this task?

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